Redskins vs. Falcons. Both teams entered the game with identical records of 3-10, and both teams showed why they are among the worst teams in the NFL. The Redskins gave the Falcons seven turnovers on the day, and despite a + 5 margin in give away / takeaway, the Falcons still couldn’t put the Redskins away until the very end for the 27-26 victory.
The Redskins started second year quarterback Kirk Cousins for the shut-down Robert Griffin III, and Cousins had a good game despite a few bad throws. Cousins lit up the Falcons defense for over 200 yards passing in the first half, and looked in command of the offense. Griffin displayed a positive disposition on the sidelines, showing support for Cousins the entire game.
The Redskins got their running game going after three ineffective games from running back Alfred Morris, who rushed for 98 yards on the day. However, Morris’ good performance was marred by two bad fumbles on Redskins drives deep in Falcons territory. But in spite of the all the Redskins turnovers, the Falcons were unable to take full advantage.
Falcons running back Steven Jackson was held to 38 yards rushing and the Redskins defense held the Falcons to just 243 yards of total offense on the day. The Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was overshadowed by Cousins, as he had just 210 yards passing, while Cousins finished with 381 yards and 3 TD passes with two picks.
The Falcons took a 27-20 lead late in the fourth quarter on a 51 yard Matt Bryant field goal. But then with just over 3 minutes left in the game, Cousins took the Redskins on an 80 yard drive which ended with a 3 yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss, making it 27-26. However, head coach Mike Shanahan chose not to kick the field goal and went for the two point conversion.
The conversion attempt failed, as Cousins threw an incomplete pass in the end zone, and the Falcons held on for the win. The Falcons move to 4-10, while the Redskins drop to 3-11 on the season. Kirk Cousins played well, but in the end it wasn’t enough to get the Redskins the win.